Artist Anne Laddon

I visited my home town of Paso Robles, California this weekend. It's always wonderful to return to the place where I grew up. After the wine boom in the 90's, my sleepy little birth place on the Central Coast became a growing center for art, culture, cuisine and music. I've loved watching it evolve over the years.

While down at city park on Saturday, I took a spin through the Studios on the Park, a nonprofit arts organization that opened in 2007 and provides studio space to artists. There, I happened upon the studio's founder Anne Laddon. Anne says the building was a 1930's Hudson Packard Showroom until the 1950's when it was turned into an auto parts business.

Anne's artwork is inspiring and her smile infectious. She's been making art for over 30 years and moved to the Central Coast in the 80's. When I look at her work, I feel I am home. Vineyards, adobe, women talking, little homes with victorian details, hay balers, dry river beds, grain silos, cafe curtains - all are silhouettes of home for me.

Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, CA

Here's a look inside of Anne's studio:

Anne and her friend Neil stop for a quick photo.

Please check out Studios on the Park if you're ever in Paso Robles.
And also take a look at Anne's lovely website HERE